Yesterday I took part in a workshop on how to start a blog and during preparation for this, I discovered lots of resources I wished that I had discovered before I started blogging – they would have saved me so much time tinkering about! This is rather a rough and ready blog post, simply sign posting some of these practical resources, useful for anyone looking to start blogging, tasked with creating web pages or material for websites for the first time, many the work of Jakob Nielson.

In this piece, Nielson describes the research findings that can be drawn upon around how people read websites – so that we can write in a reader friendly way, and here is a nice piece on the evidence around eyetracking . Here Nielson describes adding value with blog posts – how a blog can be used to demonstrate thought leadership and expertise. Here he lists the top ten blog design mistakes.

This is practical King’s College London generated presentation on how to write for the web, and here are some KCL resources on how to use Goolge analytics and how to fight spam.

I recently contributed to work of a learned colleague at Kings College London to produce materials for staff outlining copyright good practice for staff, researchers and students. The materials are now available as e copies here.

There have been a number of thought provoking pieces in the press and on blogs recently around common intellectual property (IP) violations, which appear to be becoming endemic online. See here and here for some really interesting blog posts and here and here for a couple of articles raising the issue in The Guardian.

This is becoming quite a hot topic, and I just submitted a piece for a journal on the subject. I see it as an essential digital literacy and a key part of Digital Professionalism. There is some really useful information on Creative Commons Licenses here and naturally, Jisc have created a useful resource on Copyright and IP law too. Ian Calder (a recently escaped to Aberdeen, eLearning Technology and Moodle Guru) and I produced the infographic below, specifically for staff at King’s College London. The article I have written for publication will include a generic version of this King’s specific material, but in the mean time, there is some useful material in this illustration below on resources that may be of use to academics and students who would like to use material such as photographs, illustrations and music to embellish their work and are not sure of how to source it. Many of the resources listed here are accessible to those outside Kings College London. If you work at a university, chances are, you will also have access to an internal library of resources and they will also have an NLA license to use material for teaching too.

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